N is for Nature
“Let us spend one day as deliberately as nature“
-Henry David Thoreau-
Nature has the answers to many existential questions if we are willing to sit back and observe carefully.
The examples that can be found vary across the animal kingdom, in the plant life kingdom and throughout the oceans of the world. Some are subtle metaphors and some are so stunningly obvious that they make me ask “How come I didn’t I see that before?”
The Amazon rainforest alone holds many of the answers to life itself. Answers of how to grow, nurture, breathe, eat. Along with all the healing that takes place under the canopy. The answers are truly everywhere, all we have to do is look.
It is no mistake that humans are made of the same elements that are found in the stars which permeate the farthest reaches of space. It is also no mistake that the human body and the earth are both made of 70% water.
Nature contains duality in everything. Among other things it is both beautiful and ugly, gentle and strong, loud and quiet, fierce and friendly, order and chaos.
As the prophet foreshadowed; a day, would arrive out of nowhere and with a wallop winter would be upon us all.
As witnessed through the window, high above the perch where I write these words, the snow blankets the soft bed of rich green grass that lays beneath it. I am reminded that winter has swept in and taken credit for all the work the autumn winds did whistling the weary down for slumber and putting the land to sleep.
Greatness is similar to snow. It starts with little flakes which turn into a snowball that fits into a hand and with a couple of rolls in the sea of snow it’s the size of a soccer ball. The snowball gets bigger as it continues down the same path with momentum. Creativity is sparked and the culmination becomes a beautiful snowman that children can make come to life and play with, as if it were a real person.
The impermeant nature of life returns the snowman to the earth in the form of melted water which in turn allows the grass to grow strong and thick. Changing from spring through the summer and eventually to the autumn as the cycle repeats itself endlessly forever and ever.